2017 Summer of ’68

June 7, 2017 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews author, Tim Wendel about his book, Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball – and America – Forever.

From the beginning, ’68 was a season rocked by national tragedy and sweeping change. Opening Day was postponed and later played in the shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. That summer, as the pennant races were heating up, the assassination of Robert Kennedy was later followed by rioting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But even as tensions boiled over and violence spilled into the streets, something remarkable was happening in major league ballparks across the country. Pitchers were dominating like never before, and with records falling and shut-outs mounting, many began hailing ’68 as “The Year of the Pitcher.”

Meanwhile in Detroit—which had burned just the summer before during one of the worst riots in American history—’68 instead found the city rallying together behind a colorful Tigers team led by Denny McLain, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, and Al Kaline. The Tigers would finish atop the American League, setting themselves on a highly anticipated collision course with Bob Gibson’s Cardinals.

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2017 Minicast – George Will

January 25, 2017 by  
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Our PhD Committee interviews American journalist and author, George Will about his great book, A Nice Little Place On The North Side: Wrigley Field At One Hundred.

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When Hell Freezes Over

November 28, 2016 by  
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Cubs win!  Trump Wins!  Wait ’til next year is here as our PhD Committee discusses how the improbable is our new reality.

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2016 Harry Caray Re-broadcast

August 31, 2016 by  
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Episode 42 - Harry Caray

Holy Cow!

We conclude our 6 podcast series on baseball’s greatest sportscasters with Harry Caray (1914 – 1998).  Caray broadcast Major League Baseball for 53 years. Ed, Farley & Mark review the 2006 PBS documentary, Kokoyakyu – High School Baseball.  Then it’s time for baseball’s greatest showman.  Ed interviews author and former presidential speech writer, Curt Smith about Caray and his legacy.  We then listen as Caray sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the first night game at Wrigley FieldAugust 8, 1988.

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2016 Chicago White Sox

July 31, 2016 by  
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Episode 356 - Chicago White Sox

The Sox are in third and could the actions of Chris Sale be absurd?  We enjoy the Second City as Ed Kasputis interviews Chris Wills from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

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2016 Minicast – Eight Men Out

July 27, 2016 by  
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Eight Men Out Collage

Eight Men Out is a 1988 American baseball classic movie that depicts the 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling scandal.  In our first minicast (a short podcast), Ed Kasputis and baseball researcher, Jim Nitz review this must see movie.  Say it ain’t so Joe.

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2016 Minicast – Summer of ’68

July 20, 2016 by  
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Episode 181 - Summer of '68

Ed Kasputis interviews author, Tim Wendel about his book, Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball – and America – Forever.

From the beginning, ’68 was a season rocked by national tragedy and sweeping change. Opening Day was postponed and later played in the shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. That summer, as the pennant races were heating up, the assassination of Robert Kennedy was later followed by rioting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But even as tensions boiled over and violence spilled into the streets, something remarkable was happening in major league ballparks across the country. Pitchers were dominating like never before, and with records falling and shut-outs mounting, many began hailing ’68 as “The Year of the Pitcher.”

Meanwhile in Detroit—which had burned just the summer before during one of the worst riots in American history—’68 instead found the city rallying together behind a colorful Tigers team led by Denny McLainMickey LolichWillie Horton, and Al Kaline. The Tigers would finish atop the American League, setting themselves on a highly anticipated collision course with Bob Gibson’s Cardinals.

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2016 Minicast – George Will

April 13, 2016 by  
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Episode 253 - George Will

Our PhD Committee interviews American journalist and author, George Will about his great book, A Nice Little Place On The North Side: Wrigley Field At One Hundred.

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2016 Minicast – 100 Places to See, Part 1

January 3, 2016 by  
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Episode 108 - 100 Places to See Part 1

Our PhD Committee starts our 19 part minicast series on 100 Places to See.  For our first episode we travel to Simi ValleyMarietta and Chicago.

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2015 Harry Caray Re-broadcast

December 6, 2015 by  
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Episode 42 - Harry Caray

Holy Cow!

We conclude our 6 podcast series on baseball’s greatest sportscasters with Harry Caray (1914 – 1998).  Caray broadcast Major League Baseball for 53 years. Ed, Farley & Mark review the 2006 PBS documentary, Kokoyakyu – High School Baseball.  Then it’s time for baseball’s greatest showman.  Ed interviews author and former presidential speech writer, Curt Smith about Caray and his legacy.  We then listen as Caray sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the first night game at Wrigley FieldAugust 8, 1988.

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